ERIC Number: ED318923
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Center for the Arts and Sciences Follow-Up Study of 1989 Graduates.
Saginaw Public Schools, MI. Dept. of Evaluation Services.
In June, 1989, 45 students finished their program at Saginaw, Michigan's Center for the Arts and Sciences (CAS) and graduated from their home high schools. Questionnaires assessing what graduates were doing 9 months after graduation were mailed to all graduates in March, 1990. Findings from the 25 graduates who returned completed questionnaires revealed that all were enrolled in schools, colleges, or training programs pursuing fine arts and letters (32%), education and social services (24%), commercial arts and communications (12%), engineering and architecture (8%), medicine and health services (8%), law and government (8%), and science and agriculture (4%). Sixty-eight percent were working, and 44% planned on pursuing additional degrees after the completion of their present program. Two personal problems were mentioned: worrying about being as successful as others want (28%) and self-imposed pressure to succeed (24%). Almost three-quarters of the graduates reported having had a mentor while in the CAS program and most had kept in contact with these mentors. Graduates reported that the CAS program had offered better educational programs or opportunities than their home schools, had teachers who took a personal interest in the students, and provided a broad area of intellectual and artistic stimulation. Graduates thought that the CAS program could be improved by allowing more opportunities to socialize between classes and being more selective of students entering the program. (Sample letters to graduates and the follow-up questionnaire are appended.) (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Saginaw Public Schools, MI. Dept. of Evaluation Services.